An Old Dominion University men’s basketball player suffered an ordeal Saturday when the team faced Georgia Southern.
The incident occurred when they were missing around 13:13 of the first half. Old Dominion’s sophomore guard Imo Essien was on the defensive end of the ball when he fell on his butt on the court. He struggled to get back to his feet and began to lie on his back, appearing to be in pain.
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Old Dominion’s medical staff rushed to Essien’s care. He didn’t appear to lose consciousness and they helped him to his feet and he walked off the court with the coaches.
«Imo Essien was evaluated by the ODU athletic training staff along with GA Southern medical staff,» the school said. «He was responsive throughout and was able to sit with the team for the duration of the game and drove home with the team.
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«He is in good spirits and will work with the ODU sports medicine staff when they return to Norfolk.»
Essien joined the Monarchs before the start of the 2021-22 season and averaged around 7.1 minutes per game. His minutes increased this season to 29.4 per game and with it his scoring average jumped from 1.2 to 5.4 points per game.
The Wylie, Texas native excelled in high school, was a two-time All-State selection and scored 1,000 career points.
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Old Dominion won the game 81-75 in overtime.
Associated Press contributed to this report.